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October 7, 2013

Don’t miss our next Coffee Break webinar, Creating a Family Guidebook with Y4Y, on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Learn how a family guidebook can be used to promote and support ongoing family involvement for your afterschool program, while interacting with Y4Y team members and your afterschool colleagues from across the country. Explore sample guidebooks and begin creating your own custom guidebook during the webinar using the resources on Y4Y.

Registration is free!

As with all of our Coffee Break webinars there will be plenty of time for Q&A with the Y4Y team so bring your questions, bring your coffee, and join us on October 10.

Register today!  



May 3, 2013

In the summer it is even more important than during the school year to “complement, not replicate” school-day learning. What does that look like? Take a look at the Complementing vs. Replicating tool for some ideas to spark your creativity as you plan for summer. Then think about how those strategies for engaging youth interest can be beneficial to your program, to the youth you serve, and to your community.

While you’re thinking about how to most effectively “complement, not replicate,” try one of the challenges on Y4Y. What would you say to encourage a staff member to try a dynamic, motivating activity instead of a worksheet? How could the math, literacy, science, and history concepts typed out on a worksheet be transformed into fun summer activities?



May 3, 2013

Getting staff on board with squeezing academics into summertime can be a challenge. Adults want to have fun in summer, too, not just the kids! Luckily, you can train and prepare staff to run a summer program that is educational and fun at the same time. The Teach portion of Y4Y has resources ready for you to use in your professional development sessions.

The Objectives That Work Training Starter is one example of a resource you can use. Start an open discussion with your team about how to focus summer activities and projects on learning objectives, and see what kinds of great ideas everyone comes up with. The template provides a backbone for the training session but also allows you to customize it and make it fit your program’s needs.



May 3, 2013

Summer programming is open to many opportunities that we may not have time to explore in afterschool time during the school year. Take advantage of summer’s flexibility and extended hours to expose youth to new experiences. Internships, field trips, gardening, long-term projects, and more can help bring learning to life in the summer.

These kinds of experiences are also perfect for helping youth build skills that prepare them to be successful in school and in life. Work with staff to deliberately plan how they can target these skills, such as organization, communication, and collaboration, during the summer.

Check out this Coaching Moment for some fundamental ideas.



May 3, 2013

Don’t miss our next Coffee Break webinar on Thursday, May 9 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern) when the spotlight will be on Family Involvement with Y4Y. Discover how the resources on Y4Y can support your program’s family involvement efforts while interacting with afterschool colleagues from across the country. Registration is free!

As with all of our Coffee Break webinars there will be plenty of time for Q&A with the Y4Y team so bring your questions, bring your coffee, and join us on May 9.

Register today!